SCARBOROUGH dance star Matt Flint is backing McFly drummer Harry Judd to win this year’s Strictly Come Dancing final on Saturday.
Matt, who won BBC show So You Think You Can Dance earlier this year, has been working as a choreographer on Strictly throughout the series.
He also stepped in for professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev, who was unable to perform due to a back injury.
Former Raincliffe School pupil Matt said: “I’ve not been working on the show for the last couple of weeks, but I’ve still been following it.
“I think Harry will win, but you never know with these things. This competition is as much about popularity and personality as it is about dancing.
“I think the girls will be voting for Harry.” Matt added that he has had his invitation to the Strictly “wrap party” in Blackpool, but will struggle to make it due to work commitments in London.
He is working on a production of Singing in the Rain and has just got back from Iceland, where he was a judge on the country’s version of So You Think You Can Dance.
Matt said: “Being on the other side of the table was brilliant. I enjoyed it.”
His mum Sharon Flint, who works in dancewear shop Stage Struck in Bar Street, said: “Lots of people have been talking about the final.
“I think it’s been the best Strictly ever this year. They seem to have changed the format and made it a bit more trendy this time.
“Everyone I know has been watching it.”
Sharon also thinks Harry will win, though she thinks actress Chelsee Healy is also a strong contender.
Dance teacher Joanne Hall, who runs Rowlies at the YMCA with Julie Nockels, is also a Harry fan.
She said: “He’s good at Latin and Ballroom. Plus it’s very hard for men to lead and lift and still look graceful.
“Chelsee’s personality has been coming through, but I do think Harry will win.”
Joanne added that she has followed the series closely, as have all the Rowlies students, and that they also loved watching Matt Flint.
The Strictly final will on BBC1 on Saturday night at 7pm to 8.05pm, with the results at 9pm to 10.05pm.